But Wait, There’s More!

When I was a kid, I lived for Saturday mornings and all those great cartoons from Hannah-Barbera, goofy programs from Sid and Marty Krofft, and of course Warner Bros.

Now, again, I live for Saturday mornings but for a different reason.  Good friends, a good hike, some really good cold brewed coffee, and scones.  SCONES?  Yep, Matt Bishop, proprietor of Café Mulé, has a friend who bakes.  Meet Nathan Pyle, tall fella on the far left.  He makes scones.  Really good scones. And he’s standing out there with Matt getting known.  Nathan if you see this, comment here or shoot me a message as to where your fantastic scones are available, I didn’t write it down when we were chatting.  I’ll update this blog entry so people can find you!

The word is out about Café Mulé and regardless of the hot scorching sun, people are walking, running, and biking in droves to get some of that really good cold brewed coffee and a little loving from Richard the Mule.  Kristi and I were early customers again, we like early hikes because it’s cooler and less crowded.

But on this Saturday, June 24, 2017, it felt like late summer in Death Valley and people were swarming like the world just might end if all those peoplethey didn’t get their coffee!  Oh, and the trail chatter was to turn left at Mr Potato Head, then you were surely heading in the right direction.

Check out the hashtags on facebook and instagram, #RichardTheMule and #CafeMule to see what all the excitement is about!  And check out the Café Mulé website to help feed Richard the Mule, where they plan on being next, and where to purchase some really good cold brewed coffee!

Peace and love, my friends ~ Dawn



Savoir Faire Is Everywhere

My journey isn’t going to be an easy one, but I’m okay with that.  Having unprecedented expectations, I embrace my future knowing the choices I make aren’t always sensible, but I’m still here.  I’m not going to changing my mind.

I accept the challenges of hiking my own hike.  Having COPD might slow me down but it’s not going to stop my exuberant wanderlust.dsc09544-e1498359967808.jpgAnd with grace I go, knowing that if I choose to turn molehills into mountains, I sanction myself to suffer rather than savor my climb.   ~ Dawn

Hills and Valleys

For a person 5’7″ standing on ground level, the horizon has a distance of about 3 miles.  If this person is standing on a hill 1000 feet high, the horizon’s distance is about 40 miles.  Can you tell how far I’ve hiked by how tiny Boise’s skyscrapers look?

(And yes, the hike began from a residence in the city!)


So, there’s this guy…

His name is Matt Bishop, muleskinner-barista, and he cold brews really good coffee.  And he has a working  gimmick.richardthemuleActually, he has a mule.  Richard the Mule.

Matt passionately prepares the cold brewed coffee and with the help of Richard he gets the coffee out there.  Literally OUT there on the trails in the Boise Foothills.  For no charge, he serves his coffee to hikers, bikers, and runners who wander up to him or check the posted location on his Café Mulé website.  Every week Matt updates the map on his website showing where he’s going to set up his next trail service.  And people flock to him!

On Saturdays Matt and his accomplices (family and friends) get Richard the Mule packed up and hike a few miles out into the foothills.  After Richard is unloaded and comfortably grazing, Matt sets up for service.  Tables, kegs, taps, plastic cups, a garbage can or two, and a stove and coffee pot for those who like their coffee hot.

This is Matt’s second year serving coffee on the trails, and he’s got followers.  Can you believe people hike 4 miles uphill for a little cup of cold brew?  Haha, I couldn’t believe it either, but Kristi and I are now two of their biggest fans!


Kristi and I were Café Mulé‘s very first customers this year (May 27, 2017) and took pictures to honor this glorious event!  There’s Richard in the background to the left of me.  Matt is second to the right in his signature straw hat.  We also happened to be the first customers of his second trail service this year on June 3, 2017.

 Although Matt serves his delicious brew at no charge on the trails, it can be purchased it in various establishments listed on the website.  You can also help  feed Richard through Paypal donations, the link is on the website as well.



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Website: www.cafemule.com

Facebook: Richard The Mule

Facebook Fan Page:  Café Mulé

Boise Trail Information: Ridge to Rivers


Edited to add: Kristi and I were Matt and Richards last customers of the year as well!  Congratulations Matt!  Can’t wait to see you next year!